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Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  223 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Unprecedented autobiographies of religious life.
Mass Market Paperback, 338 pages
Published March 1st 1986 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1985)
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This is NOT lesbian erotic pulp fiction. It is non-fiction-- the stories of 50 lesbians who were nuns, some were still nuns too.

I found it really interesting to hear about how there was a word used to describe, and chastise women for developing close, intimate relationships inside the convent, "particular friendships."

The descriptions of life within the convents was fascinating as well. Although some of the women engaged in physical relationships with other nuns on the inside, most abstained wh
I read this the second I got out of Catholic school and suddenly everything that had happened in the previous 13 years made perfect sense to me. I still love this book and I give major props to anyone who is willing to speak their own truth and speak out no matter what.
Sue Donovan
I read this book years ago when it was first released. Of course, I had better reason to read it than some. I was newly out squared; I'd exited the convent a few years before, and exited the closet a few years after leaving the convent. Thus, I could relate very closely to the stories in this book.
It was a different time. Roe v. Wade was relatively recent. The women's movement was going strong. The Bakke decision tells us right wing backlash was well funded even prior to Reagan's election . Cons
Oct 10, 2008 Stephy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lesbian historians
Shelves: non-fiction
I actually learned obout this book because my sister's lover of some 40+ years wrote something for it. I loved the book. Even among the most invisible women, lesbians are invisible!
Dec 28, 2007 Lis marked it as to-read
I happen to know a lesbian nun or two.
Eye opening for this Catholic school girl!
These are the stories, told in their own words, of 50 lesbian nuns. Most have left the convents but there are several in the 50 who were still active nuns at the time. The book was published in 1985 and definitely is dated but still a unique look at religious life and lesbians at a particular time and place. The prevalence of "particular friendships" (who knew there was a euphemism?) and how the sisters/postulants/novices dealt with their spirituality/sexuality conflicts was interesting. It woul ...more
I read this when it came out. Compelling stories!
I got this book from a Friends of the Library book sale a couple of years ago. I enjoyed reading it and felt enlightened by the personal stories these women had to tell.

I have to admit, I was hoping for a little titillation, but this book didn't really offer any. Bummer.
Sansan Gilbreath
Found this book at the Larry McMurtry book store in Archer City Texas.
If you ever went to catholic school, got check this out.
[read in Italian] Da tenere lontano dalle mani di chi generalizza facilmente! Non è altro che una raccolta di testimonianze individuali ed è privo di qualsiasi analisi globale del fenomeno dell'omosessualità all'interno dei conventi statunitensi. Non per questo da bocciare, è stata una lettura stimolante. La mia testimonianza preferita è quella di Helen Horigan; più per una questione di gusto personale, che altro!
Not erotica. It covers the psychological conflicts tearing women apart who believe they are lesbian nuns. Published in 1985 the language was considered to be highly controversial, however, it felt a little boring at times for today's more exposed liberal audiences. The fascinating insight into the mentality of the women, before, during and after their devotion to the church is worth the old brittle pages it's printed on. Read it to learn something about the struggle of being gay and celibate or ...more
Ms. Chedwick
I read this when it first came out in the paperback edition. All of my grandparents were Catholic, but my parents were not, so I didn't really become interested in Catholicism until I visited Northern Ireland a few times and found a relative had written a book about Catholic Life in Ireland in the 1800s. Then I started reading memoirs and such. I guess I started being interested in the history of the religion when I was a teenager, but I was never a Catholic.
This book is a series of interviews with women who are or have been Catholic Nuns. I met the editors of this book at a Women's Studies conference in 1995. When the book was published in 1985 the editors were guests on The Sally Jessie Raphael Show and created quite stir at the time. I found the individual stories to be sad, funny, uplifting, depressing and always interesting.
ehhhh really dissapointing, the subject matter could be so interesting, but the first person accounts were frankly, not very well written and simply put, unengaging. Didn't finish the book, which is really unusual for me.
This book resonated a lot. Nice to hear all of the women's stories. The boundary issue -- this is erotic? platonic? off-limits? really resonated with me.
Courage, bonding & perserverance. Sometimes on the part of the reader as well. But well worth picking up.
Of course, not all of the contributions were stellar, but on the whole it's an excellent and important book.
I KNEW IT! lol
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